The Angels didn’t lose again on Wednesday night. The weather, at least temporarily, halted its two-week slide when rain hit their game against the New York Yankees.
The game will be replayed as part of a split-doubleheader Thursday, with Shohei Ohtani taking on Yankees left-hander Nestor Cortes in the first game at 10 a.m. PDT and Reid Detmers taking on Yankees right-hander Jameson Taillon at 4 p.m. Nightcap . The forecast for Thursday predicts more rain.
The Angels have lost six straight games and 10 of their last 13, from a 24-13 record and a first-rank tie with Houston in the American League West on May 15 to a 27-23 mark and five games behind the Astros after Tuesday’s 9-1 loss to the Yankees by the Angels.
But Angels general manager Perry Minasian doesn’t think the team’s struggles are severe enough to justify major roster reshuffles, rotation and bullpening.
“I don’t look at things in six-game blocks,” Minasian said before Wednesday’s game was postponed. “We are in two months and our goal is to be there in two months. At the moment we are in the mix. Do we want to win more games? Secure. Other than that, we’re in a decent place for now.
“Are we playing well? no But I’m not one to respond to a short rehearsal of a week. We like this group very much. We like the players. And we will have a really competitive team over time. It will win many games.”
The Angels lost third baseman Anthony Rendon to a right wrist injury last week and right fielder Taylor Ward has struggled to regain his stroke after missing most of last week with a neck/shoulder injury.
Two key players fight. Mike Trout hits .160 (four for 25) with a .512 on-base plus slugging percentage, one homer, two RBIs, nine strikeouts and no walks in his last six games. Ohtani hits .158 (three for 19) with a .911 OPS, two homers, four RBIs, eight strikeouts, and four walks in his last seven games.
Aaron Loup and Ryan Tepera, the team’s top two substitutes ahead of Raisel Iglesias, were mostly effective for the first six weeks of the season. None have been remotely reliable over the past week and a half.
Left-handed Loup had a 1.62 ERA in his first 17 games. He has a 31.50 ERA in his last four appearances and gave up seven earned runs and nine hits, including a homer and four doubles, in two innings. He only drew against six of 18 batters.
Right-hander Tepera had a 2.08 ERA in his first 16 games. He has a 16.20 ERA in his last five games, giving up six earned runs and five hits (including a homer) in 3 1/3 innings, hitting out three and walking four.
Tepera struggled to find the strike zone all season, throwing 184 of his 329 pitches (56%) to strikes. He’s been more unpredictable in his last five games, throwing 43 of his 84 pitches to strikes (51%).
“You know, we’re going through a little slide right now,” Trout said. “Every team goes through it. We’ve got a lot of baseball left. We got off to a great start. We’ve been through a bit of a rough patch, but we’re staying positive.”
The Angels could use another slugger, but a promotion from outfielder Jo Adell, who was sent to Triple-A in early May, doesn’t appear imminent. Adell hit .234 with 1.008 OPS, six home runs and 14 RBIs in his first 17 games for Salt Lake, but he has 23 strikeouts and 13 walks in 79 plate appearances.
Minasian believes Adell, who also needs to improve his overall defensive game, will benefit from playing at Triple-A every day.
“Jo has some things to work on and his attitude has been great,” said Minasian. “He’s a guy we’re very comfortable with. We think has a really bright future. And like I said, eventually he’ll come back and help us win games.
“It’s a really tough game. The jump from double-A and triple-A to the major leagues is bigger than ever. The speed of the game is different. Preparing for the game is different. The amount of information varies. Jo did a great job understanding what needed to be done and getting the job done.”
https://www.latimes.com/sports/angels/story/2022-06-01/angels-vs-new-york-yankees Changes for slumping Angels? GM Perry Minasian: Don’t overreact